「公園におっさん2人」 (Kouen ni Ossan Futari)
“Two Men in the Park”
We’ve been building towards this moment for a very long time now. I don’t think there was ever truly any doubt that Mutta would pass, yet it was handled in such a way that the moment, when it finally arrived, had impact. The final delivery of the news in a personal manner rather than the more impersonal phone calls the other candidates received, combined with Mutta’s long-awaited realisation as to Hoshika’s identity, really built something fantastic. I hadn’t been entirely happy with the way the previous two episodes had been drawn out, but I feel as though this moment more or less redeemed that. Mutta’s genuine surprise, his inability to properly react to being told his dream was actually coming true… these things made it a splendid moment.
It’s funny how Uchuu Kyoudai handles itself at times. The whole band-aid on the forehead theme was brilliant, especially when Hibito began joking about it being a requirement for astronauts. While a completely unrelated coincidence, it identifies Mutta as being someone who should be with them, perhaps even going back as far as when he was a kid and injured his forehead then. Oddly enough, the forehead thing has always been a running theme in the series, starting from way back when Zidane’s legendary head-butt showed up in the first few moments of episode one. It lost Mutta his job, leading towards his participation in the astronaut selection exam, and here again it led to the realisation of who Hoshika was and the parallels between Mutta and the astronauts on the moon.
I really hated Mizoguchi back when he was in the sealed environment with Kenji and the rest of their team. He always thought too much of himself – always had delusions of grandeur. It’s interesting to learn that he was always used to being at the top of the food chain, always the best of the best. He even had wine set aside ready to celebrate passing the test (though it ended up serving a rather different purpose). But in the end, I find I actually like him more than I once did. He needed to fail here in order to be able to grow as a person and already we begin to see signs of this growth. By asking what he did wrong, he expresses a desire to learn from his mistakes and improve himself. There’s something kind of touching about the whole thing. I’d like to imagine that he becomes a better person and comes back to try again in a future exam, but I guess that’s something we’ll never know for certain.
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – After an excruciatingly long wait, the moment finally arrives. #SpaceBros
- I actually wonder if hitting your head on the ceiling will be a real concern in future bases on the moon.
- Nice timing with that film there Mutta! Watching someone else have much good luck and then suddenly be unlucky where it counted was certainly not something you wanted to see at this point!
- Not really surprising that everyone seems to think Mutta has snapped here!
- Are these the final astronaut candidates? The five who we’ll be following from now on? I guess we’ll find out for sure next week!